Music is the soundtrack to our lives—from the ballad you slow-danced to at senior prom to the ballad you slowly walked home alone to. Remember the good times with this GrouponLive deal to see Legends of Rock with John Waite, Tommy Tutone and John Parr at Mayo Performing Arts Center. For $20, you get one ticket for select A and B section seating, based on availability, Saturday, January 26, at 8 p.m. (a $39 value). Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
Although John Waite’s “Missing You” revolves around a long-distance relationship, the song’s aching emotion has traveled all over the globe for nearly 30 years, pouring out of speakers to tug at listeners’ heartstrings.
Fans of Tommy Tutone’s signature hit may have trouble remembering the digits of a friend, but they’ll never forget the number of the elusive Jenny: 867-5309.
The galvanizing theme of the Brat Pack film by the same name, John Parr’s “St. Elmo’s Fire” echoes the hopeful ambitions of the movie’s broken protagonists in its chorus: “I can see a new horizon/underneath the blazin’ sky/I’ll be where the eagle’s flying/higher and higher.”
The musicians behind some of the 1980s most gargantuan hits, John Waite, Tommy Tutone, and John Parr cross their guitar necks on Mayo Performing Arts Center’s sprawling stage for an evening packed with nostalgia, new tunes, and blazers sewn from feathered hair. Waite, a prolific British rocker and former lead singer of The Babys and Bad English, has 10 studio albums under his belt, including 2011’s Rough & Tumble, all which showcase his impassioned, rasp-inflected tenor. The Tommy Heath-led band Tommy Tutone has been penning and performing its brand of bottom-heavy power pop since 1978, producing two other notable singles in the form of “Angel Say No” and “Get Around Girl.” Parr, former collaborator with Meat Loaf and consummate touring musician, rounds out the musical extravaganza, lending his vibrato-filled pipes to songs from Mission, his new album dedicated to military personnel.
Mayo Performing Arts Center
The Mayo Performing Arts Center straddles time. While one foot is planted in the old-fashioned charm of the 1930s movie-palace golden age, the other is firmly in the tech-savvy modern day. Between is a stretch of history that saw the theater fall into disrepair and then resurrect itself to its star-studded heyday thanks to volunteers. Since its 1994 rebirth, the center has welcomed everyone from the Kirov Orchestra of St. Petersburg to Ringo Starr and Aretha Franklin. But, if the Mayo Center were a tripod, its third foot would certainly reach toward the future—a suite of education studios is on site to cultivate the next generation of performers.